David M. Atkinson, Program Co-Chair, is a partner with Swift Currie McGhee & Hiers LLP. He has been a trial lawyer since 1991, focusing on civil litigation defense, including tort claims, construction litigation, insurance coverage, business disputes and intellectual property. He has served as lead trial counsel in federal and state courts throughout Georgia and the Southeast.
Stephen Berry, Program Co-Chair, is Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary with Builders Insurance Group. As the primary legal advisor for the company, his responsibilities encompass supervision of litigation and compliance regarding business ethics, information security, privacy policies, human resources policies, and insurance department regulation.
Austin Bersinger, attorney with Boyle Leonard & Anderson PA, is a commercial litigator whose practice focuses on insurance coverage and bad faith. He represents corporate, municipal, and individual policyholders in numerous types of insurance coverage and bad faith disputes.
Mark A. Boyle is the managing shareholder of Boyle & Leonard PA. His current areas of practice include civil litigation, with a concentration in first and third-party insurance disputes, including extra-contractual and bad faith matters. Mr. Boyle represents corporate and individual policyholders in insurance and risk management counseling, claims presentation, and litigation.
Shattuck “Tucker” Ely, partner with Fellows LaBriola LLP, is a trial lawyer focusing on the representation of policyholders in insurance coverage disputes. For over twenty years, he has represented policyholders in disputes with their insurance carriers. In addition to advising policyholder clients, he has extensive experience in insurance coverage litigation and has successfully tried coverage cases to verdict.
Darrell Hinson founder of Hinson Law LLC, has more than 20 years of personal injury and insurance litigation experience in Georgia and Florida. His practice focuses on insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, and personal injury. He represents individuals and businesses in disputes and litigation with their insurance companies.
Robin N. Johnson is a partner in Dentons’ Insurance practice in the Atlanta office. She focuses her practice on advising and representing insurance companies on coverage and bad faith involving general liability, construction defect, first-party property claims, and personal injury claims. She manages all stages of litigation, from strategy development, discovery, summary judgment, trial, pre- and post-trial motions, and appellate advocacy.
Heather M. Jonczak, associate with Carlton Fields Jorden Burt PA, is a commercial litigator with particular experience in the areas of construction, surety, fidelity, and other complex commercial disputes in state and federal courts. She has experience with construction disputes involving construction defects, contract disputes, project delay claims, payment and performance bond claims, construction lien law matters and regulatory investigation.
Jonathan J. Kandel, associate with Swift Currie McGhee & Hiers LLP, practices in the firm’s litigation section. He focuses his practice on commercial and complex litigation, specializing in commercial insurance disputes, contract disputes and labor and employment law. He also has significant experience as appellate counsel.
N.S. "Ken" Kendrick III is a panel member with Henning Mediation & Arbitration Services, Inc. After over thirty years of trial and transactional law practice and ten years of independent board service, he has worked for the past seven years as a full time mediator and arbitrator. He has mediated over 1,000 cases in twelve states.
Michael S. Levine is a partner with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. He represents and counsels policyholders in insurance recovery and business disputes. He also assists clients regarding claim evaluation and strategy, policy placement and endorsement and broker liability issues.
Chief Justice Harold D. Melton was appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court by Governor Sonny Perdue on July 1, 2005. Prior to joining the Court, he served as Executive Counsel to Governor Perdue. Before that, he spent 11 years in the Georgia Department of Law under two Attorneys General.
Stephen M. Phillips is a senior partner in the law firm of Hendrick Phillips Salzman & Siegel PC in Atlanta, Georgia. His law practice focuses upon legal issues pertaining to the construction industry, particularly the commercial roofing industry. For over 40 years, he has represented parties in commercial construction matters.
Stephen J. Rapp is a partner with Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial LLC. His civil litigation practice focuses on insurance coverage, business issues, and construction disputes. He regularly represents and advises insurance companies on a variety of issues, and has successfully tried several construction and business-related cases.
Alexander D. Russo is an associate with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. He litigates complex insurance disputes in state and federal courts throughout the United States. He also advises corporate policyholders about insurance coverage issues arising under a broad range of policies, including commercial general liability, first-party property, directors and officers, professional liability/errors and omissions, excess and umbrella policies.
Caroline W. Spangenberg is a member of and the former Team Leader of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP’s Insurance Recovery Team. She has more than thirty years’ experience advising and representing policyholders in insurance coverage matters throughout the United States and abroad.